It’s an Eastern Conference matchup on the hardwood in the City of Brotherly Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. Cleveland whipped the Knicks 108-87 on the road in their previous contest Sunday night. Philadelphia snapped their three-game skid as they took down Charlotte 114-106 at home on Sunday night in their previous contest. The 76ers lead the all-time regular season series 106-103 and have won four of the last five meetings, including a 106-99 home win in the most recent matchup on March 12, 2019.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shoot for Third Straight WinCleveland earned their second straight win as they crushed the Knicks on the road Sunday night. The Cavaliers entered Monday third in the Central Division, 2.5 games behind the Bucks in the division race. Cleveland beat up the Knicks early and held them at bay the rest of the way. The Cavaliers were up 12 after the opening quarter and opened an 18-point halftime edge. Cleveland didn’t let New York closer than 13 in the second half en route to the win. The Cavaliers shot 43.9 percent from the field, including eight of 28 from three-point range, and cashed in 28 of 31 free throws. Cleveland held New York to 36 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers in the game. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with a career-high 31 points in the win.
The Cavaliers are 22nd in the league in scoring this season with 107.1 points per game. Cleveland is tied for 15th in rebounding with 46.1 caroms a night while the team stands tied for 25th with 21.2 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are slightly above average defensively, ranking 11th in scoring defense by allowing 108 points per game. Kevin Love second on the team with 18.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest this year. Collin Sexton (team-high 18.9 points), Tristan Thompson (16.4 points, 11.3 rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (14.7 points) are scoring in double figures on the year. Larry Nance Jr. (9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds), Cedi Osman, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. all have to step up on the offensive end of the floor. Cleveland is 24th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are tied for 17th in the league in made threes with 10.9 triples a night while ranking 24th in three-point shooting by shooting 33.1 percent from downtown.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Back to Back VictoriesPhiladelphia snapped a three-game skid as they returned home and took care of Charlotte in their last contest. The 76ers entered Monday’s contest third in the Atlantic Division, 1.5 games behind the Celtics in the division race. Philadelphia led by nine after the opening quarter only to trail by five at the half. The 76ers took control by outscoring Charlotte 35-23 in the third quarter and didn’t let the Hornets closer than five in the final stanza, with that coming in the final minute. Philadelphia shot 54.8 percent from the field, including 10 of 28 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 49-31 to overcome 21 turnovers. Joel Embiid had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead six 76ers in double figures in the win.
The 76ers are 16th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 111 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is fifth by collecting 47.7 rebounds per contest while the team is fourth by dishing out 26 assists per game. The 76ers are ninth in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.2 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and three assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 18.3 points plus 8.6 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and three steals a night while Al Horford (15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (13.3 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Simmons is questionable after missing the last two games with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder that he sustained against Utah: Raul Neto steps in for the interim. Philadelphia is 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.6 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 20th in the league as they splash 10.6 triples a night while ranking 16th by shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc on the year.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Cavaliers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Cavaliers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 day of rest
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Central Division teams
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record